Westland High School baseball coach Dave Daniels said a Division I district tournament win over Columbus West and improved pitching were the Cougars' top achievements this spring.

Westland High School baseball coach Dave Daniels said a Division I district tournament win over Columbus West and improved pitching were the Cougars' top achievements this spring.

The Cougars finished 8-18 overall with a 5-4 loss to Central Crossing in an OCC-Central Division game May 16.

"The season was a little better with some improvement like pitching, but we did not hit well enough and made costly errors," said Daniels, whose team finished 3-23 in 2010.

Westland opened the district tournament with a 2-1 win over West on May 9. Sophomore Steven Gonzalez was the winning pitcher, allowing seven hits.

The Cougars lost in the second round to OCC-Central rival Dublin Coffman 13-0 in five innings on May 11.

Westland finished eighth in the OCC-Central at 1-13, behind Coffman (13-1), Hilliard Davidson and Worthington Kilbourne (10-4), Hilliard Darby and Thomas Worthington (7-7), Upper Arlington (6-8) and Central Crossing (2-12).

The Cougars' lone league win came over Kilbourne 2-1 on April 15, avenging a 2-1 loss to the Wolves on April 13.

Westland's other wins were over Brookhaven 10-0 on April 7, Fairfield Union 9-6 and 8-6 on April 9, Northland 21-1 in five innings on April 21 and Marion-Franklin 17-1 in five innings and 4-0 on April 30.

Junior catcher Jake Cook was named the team's Most Valuable Player and second-team all-OCC-Central after batting .329 with a home run and a team-high 14 RBI.

Junior Brady Willis earned the team's Golden Bat award after hitting .354 with 13 RBI. He was honorable mention all-league.

Senior Cody Herdman won the coaches award and junior Lineurys Sanchez won the Charlie Hustle award.

Junior Kris Carius batted .340.

Gonzalez led the pitching staff with a 3-0 record, 3.68 ERA, 30 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Junior Reyes, a junior, was batting a team-high .375 when he broke a thumb in the first game of the doubleheader against Fairfield Union, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season.

Other players expected back next season are juniors Chase Blankenship and D.J. Taylor.

•The boys tennis team closed the regular season by winning its final four matches to finish 5-14 overall.

"I like the way the season ended, and I like the progress that the team made," coach Dan Witteman said.

"I was very pleased with how they progressed from the beginning to the end."

The Cougars were 1-6 in league dual matches and tallied 10 points in the OCC-Central, finishing behind Upper Arlington (82, 7-0), Thomas (60, 6-1), Coffman (59, 5-2), Davidson (41, 4-3), Kilbourne (40, 3-4) and Darby (27, 2-5) and ahead of Central Crossing (1, 0-7).

The Cougars defeated Central Crossing 5-0 on May 4.

Westland's other wins were over Briggs 4-1 on April 18, Teays Valley 3-2 on May 5, Hartley 4-1 on May 9 and Franklin Heights 3-2 on May 10.

Tyler Thomas, who played first singles most of the season, was named the team's Most Valuable Player. He was the lone senior on the team.

"Tyler has been with me all four years," Witteman said. "He became a good leader on our team. I was really pleased with what he did."

Junior Devante Stevens, a first-year player, won the Most Improved Player award.

Juniors Stan Bilyk, Dylan Clanin and Bogdan Lysyuk and sophomores Mike Carrico and Tarrell Dixon rounded out the team.

•As expected by coach Tim Eckard, junior Jackie Barnhart led the track and field teams in the Division I district meets May 21 at Hilliard Bradley.

Barnhart earned the girls team's three points in the district 1 meet by finishing sixth in the discus (89 feet, 1 inch).

Westland finished 14th behind first-place Coffman (152).

The boys team was 15th (2) behind first-place Davidson (109) in the district 2 meet.

Jose Rodriguez accounted for the Cougars' points by finishing seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (42.48 seconds).

Only the top four finishers in each event advanced to the regional meet May 25 and 27 at Pickerington North.

"I was happy to see a great majority of the kids reach a personal record at the biggest meet of the year," Eckard said. "Even though we did not have anyone reach regional this year, I believe with the young group that we have that the regional and the state meet are realistic goals for our team."